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KD students explore acting, improv, filmmaking By Cynthia Mendez

Contributing Writer


er actors’ studio is turning 40, a Dallas institution, but Kathy Tyner wonders: Do people know we’re here? “Really, we’re a well-kept secret in Dallas,” she said. “We just want more people to know about us and that we are honest. “We want to tell people the correct way to pursue their career and their passion.” If that is acting and/or filmmaking, the Irving native says KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts – founded in 1979 – can get hopefuls started on their career. Or at least help them build some self-confidence, just as valuable, in her opinion. “They always have a blast,” she said. The studio’s annual summer camp is scheduled for June 4 to Aug. 10 with oneand two-week classes for ages 7 to 18. No experience is necessary. At the end of each camp, students have an opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned. “You should leave your camp feeling

A summer camp in Dallas this summer will focus on filmmaking. comfortable in an audition situation with a camera or an audition situation on stage,” said Reis McCormick, director of development. “You will have been exposed to commercial copy, lots of improv. It’s a fun way to learn, and the parents are always thrilled to see how much their kids have learned in


terms of confidence. Not everybody is going to be an actor, necessarily, but they sure are going to walk away with life skills.” The studio opened in 1979 when, after 15 years as the manager of a friend’s agency, Tyner took the leap. She approached her boss with the idea, they found the money, and to-

gether opened a studio where actors could practice, practice, practice. “Out of that, we started workshops and improv classes, and we decided to become accredited and degree-granting, and here we are 40 years later,” she said. There’s a reason why actors should know about KD and other studios. More than two dozen professional theaters operate in Dallas-Fort Worth, and four network television shows shoot nearby, plus one in Austin and one in Shreveport. Funimation, the creators of Dragon Ball Z, has its headquarters in Flower Mound. “Two of the stars of Dragon Ball Z have come back to study here in the short courses at night,” McCormick said. KD grad Clinton Greenspan is in the lead role of Aladdin in Disney’s national tour. Other successful KD alumni include Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Chace Crawford. “That’s just an example. We’re a family, McCormick said.” And they don’t want it to be a secret.

Summer Excitement Begins With Packing Tips for making sure your camper is ready The good news is you probably have many things child HELENE ABRAMS your needs for camp in your house. Take the packing list (usually found on the camp website or in the welcome packet) and check around the house before heading off to the store. Find out how often the camp offers laundry service. Most likely, you will only need to pack enough clothes for one to two weeks. For items you do need to buy, check out these helpful websites for ordering camp gear: campstuff4less.

com,, and Also, labeling everything is a must. Check out Label Daddy – – for super cute labels and use our 20 percent discount code: Tipsontrips. Of course a black sharpie always works too. To help keep your child organized, use large baggies to pack small items, underwear, socks, etc. Remember, you want your child to have fun and not worry about ruining their clothes. It’s not about the clothes, it’s the enriching, fun time your child will experience at camp.

After your child comes home from camp, pack away things in the duffle or trunk for the next summer (flashlight, fans, laundry bags, water bottles, old towels). When next summer rolls around you will be that much more ahead of the game. Camp is one of the best times of your child’s life, make packing easy, fun, and part of the experience. Helene Abrams, an advisor with Tips on Trips and Camps, a free summer camp and trip advisory service, helps parents of children ages 7-18 find enriching summer overnight experiences. Reach her at 214-484-8141 or


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